Schizophrenia is the most widely known and feared mental illness
worldwide, yet a rapidly growing literature from a broad spectrum
of basic and clinical disciplines, especially epidemiology and
molecular genetics, suggests that schizophrenia is the same
condition as a psychotic bipolar disorder and does not exist as a
separate disease. The goal is to document and interpret these data
to justify eliminating the diagnosis of schizophrenia from the
nomenclature. The author reviews the changing diagnostic concepts
of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder with a historical perspective
to clarify how the current conflict over explanations for psychosis
has arisen. That two disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar, known as
the Kraepelinian dichotomy, account for the functional psychoses
has been a cornerstone of Psychiatry for over 100 years, but is
questioned because of substantial similarities and overlap between
these two disorders. Literature in the field demonstrates that
psychotic patients are frequently misdiagnosed as suffering from
the disease called schizophrenia when they suffer from a psychotic
mood disorder. Such patients, their families, and their caretakers
suffer significant disadvantages from the misdiagnosis. Psychotic
patients misdiagnosed with schizophrenia receive substandard care
regarding their medications, thus allowing their bipolar conditions
to worsen. Other adverse effects are substantial and will be
included. Liability for medical malpractice is of critical
importance for the mental health professionals who make the
majority of the diagnoses of schizophrenia. The concept put forward
in this work will have a discipline-altering impact.
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